I have kept a similar poll at Usercb, to have an idea of popularity of Fvwm. Asked myself why Fvwm is low.
user-contributions.org/home/inde … ults&id=15
I am concluding the seemingly difficult configurations, is holding users away. Also many are eye oriented. When seeing the old screen shoots or the default install, there is no beauty. But beauty is not the main factor. The default install of blackbox/fluxbox is also not a “beauty queen”.
I think popularity depends how Fvwm is presented.
The truth is, its very simple to configure when configuring in similar style as in “FVWM Beginners Guide” and ver. 2.5.x gives scope for beautiful layouts. From my experiments, also heard from others, Fvwm can do everything what other WMs do. So, what’s missing?
Fvwm doean’t teach/provide the basic configure knowledge to the new users. When browsing Internet, not much is available in this regard except “FVWM Beginners Guide” and the word “beginners” pulls the user off when feeling its too elementary. Its expected to jump into an advance knowledge when installing Fvwm-themes, Fvwm-crystall or downloading ready made configs. I believe, here users get stucked when not knowing how to continue without the basic knowledge.
As an example, Arch Linux is for advance users and the principle is not to spoon-feed new users but asking them to learn by reading docs and wiki, or browse the net. There is no GUIs making configs but are done manually for the sake of learning and keep things simple.
My suggestion here, is to provide more site where users can lean about Fvwm and provide simple but beautiful configs to begin.
In this regard, the configs (packages) I am making in ArchWD-FVWM are all based on similar simplicity found in Fvwm Beginners Guide with the exception of more easier when one config is one feature only.
user-contributions.org/projects/ … rchwd-fvwm
The project is still new, so I don’t know if this the right approach to increase the popularity.
[color=red]Edited by theBlackDragon:
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